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Theater shooting trial day 53: Start of the penalty process
Day 53 in the Aurora movie theater shooting trial – People vs. James Eagan Holmes. Today, the penalty phase of the case begins. The jury found Holmes to be legally sane and therefore guilty when he went into the midnight premiere of the Dark Knight Rises in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater and opened fire on the audience, killing 12 and wounding 70.
by Marshall Zelingervia twitter7/22/2015 3:17:07 PM
#TheaterShooting def objects to power point that will show killed victims photos. Objects that it evokes emotion. Well, yeah. Also, victims.
by Marshall Zelingervia twitter7/22/2015 3:17:10 PM
@DocJ...I am not sure under CO law...typically, a Life Sentence states a minimum (like 30 years) to life...so he'd have to serve 30 years to be considered for parole...with good behavior it might be 25...this is a good question for the CO lawyers on abc7
by PA Watcher7/22/2015 3:17:30 PM
Loz-'no doubt. ANYTHING to stalllll.... (sigh).
by fascinated7/22/2015 3:17:32 PM
@Loz - It did. The red marking objections were sustained I believe.
by Angela Freeman7/22/2015 3:17:34 PM
DT we can't have anymore pictures of the victims shown. Or we will get the DP.
by NT87/22/2015 3:18:08 PM
Love the outfit, Brady!
by Kristle7/22/2015 3:18:11 PM
I can't listen to this woman
by kat7/22/2015 3:18:12 PM
This DT attorney whines to much!
by Marti7/22/2015 3:18:14 PM
Way to say it, Marshall. Was wondering about that myself.
by Tammy Garrison7/22/2015 3:18:16 PM
too many objections
by kat7/22/2015 3:18:20 PM
@Angela, I hear ya and you're right. However, I meant that it didn't work in the larger sense of the word.
by Loz7/22/2015 3:21:52 PM
her voice grates on my nerves
by kat7/22/2015 3:21:53 PM
@Frank...I'm not so sure. 'Planning, planning, planning...history of the case/evidence shows more manipulation than true mental illness. I actually think DP is very plausible-'especially with this jury. They didn't buy insanity. But we'll see...
by fascinated7/22/2015 3:21:55 PM
@PA Watcher In this case life without parole means life without parole. He will never get out of prison. Ever. Unless he is pardoned by the governor.
by panda9117/22/2015 3:21:57 PM
did they forget that the jury has seen photos of the victims after they were shot? god forbid they see photos of them alive.. again. -_-
by blue7/22/2015 3:26:51 PM
can't wait to see how pt will tear her stupid objections apart
by JG7/22/2015 3:26:52 PM
4 Pictures of little Veronica, and they object as it is prejudicial. Hmmm. JH should be required to have a picture of her, and her autopsy tattooed on his arm so he can be reminded everyday of what he did. Ya know, Capone insisted the ghosts of all the people he killed were haunting him and driving him crazy.
by DocJ7/22/2015 3:26:54 PM
Thanks everyone for the clarification on the Prison Orange/Red/Yellow clothes question.
by Tired7/22/2015 3:26:56 PM
he didn't care who he killed, so it should be admitted
by kat7/22/2015 3:27:00 PM
I knew that intent was going to come into that.
by Tammy Garrison7/22/2015 3:27:02 PM
JH asked if any children were killed- he knew at that time the rules of aggravation!
by TLR7/22/2015 3:27:03 PM
@Kat, I think Ms Brady has some sort of speech impediment...either that or she is the most nervous defense attorney I have ever seen
by PA Watcher7/22/2015 3:29:58 PM
JH should NEVER EVER be amongst the public again, EVER! If he doesn't get the death sentence, then he should not ever be eligible for parole!
by Marti7/22/2015 3:30:04 PM
@Marti every time Ms Brady opens her mouth I want to stick knitting needles in my ears.
by MyraJ7/22/2015 3:30:08 PM
@kat, I know what you mean. Her voice makes me feel nervous. However, I have to admire her in that she would have to know how her abnormality sounds to an audience. Makes her sound like she has stage-fright. She had to overcome a lot in order to be a lawyer, whose job it is to talk in open court.
by Loz7/22/2015 3:30:13 PM
PT, don't even address when you gave it to them. Go straight for the content.
by Tammy Garrison7/22/2015 3:30:19 PM
@Edy - I must respectfully disagree with you on the point that the defendant's parents bear any responsibility with the defendant's actions. He is a grown man, capable of making his own decisions and old enough to bear the weight of the consequences of his actions. In my opinion, the defendant bears sole responsibility for this crime.
by BernerMom7/22/2015 3:30:25 PM
she is really reaching in these objections
by kat7/22/2015 3:30:27 PM
by kat7/22/2015 3:30:30 PM
Is there anything the DT attorney is not objecting too? The whole purpose the PT is trying to convey is that this killer deserves the death penalty.
by Marti7/22/2015 3:30:33 PM
Is there going to be victim impact testimony today?
by Della (Me)7/22/2015 3:30:35 PM
The DT is doing their job although because of the tweet Brauchler sent out being admitted as an exhibit it just appears that Brady and Brauchler "lock horns" over every little thing.
by Kristle7/22/2015 3:30:42 PM
Just for myself, but shouldn't all of the slides have been discussed yesterday so the jury did not have to sit and wait?
by BernerMom7/22/2015 3:30:43 PM
@BernerMom The defense said they were not given the slides until last night.
by anica.padilla7/22/2015 3:31:12 PM
does this lawyer stay up at night and think about trivial things?
by kat7/22/2015 3:31:17 PM
Thanks PA Watcher. You know I always have questions. :)
by DocJ7/22/2015 3:31:18 PM
Her voice sounds like she's extremely nervous. Not someone I'd want fighting on my behalf. And she's using that voice to whine about the victims pictures being shown more than once. They should enlarge every victims photo and hang it around the courthouse. This is about them and they should be in that courtroom too.
by Lori Martin7/22/2015 3:31:23 PM
Not even gonna try to count 129 of these objections.
by NT87/22/2015 3:31:26 PM
Is there a way to 'heart' Marshall's (or any of the D7) tweets? We Heart you Marshall!
by DocJ7/22/2015 3:31:30 PM
@DocJ You'll have to join Twitter and do it there!
by anica.padilla7/22/2015 3:31:54 PM
@Panda, I think I said that earlier...I was answering DoCj question asking for contrast between LWOP and a plain old Life Sentence...
by PA Watcher7/22/2015 3:32:02 PM
Can't have Fenton's notes but they can see Gur's "notes" and "testimony?" Hrmm...